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Unit information: Electronics 1 in 2019/20

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Unit name Electronics 1
Unit code EENG16000
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Fornetti
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides an introduction to the basic techniques of electronic circuit design. A variety of electronic circuits based on integrated circuit amplifiers will be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on circuits taken mainly from the areas of instrumentation and audio engineering. Circuits for interfacing between analogue and digital systems will also be considered. The use of appropriate models for devices as simple as a diode or as complex as an integrated circuit will be emphasised and illustrated. The lectures are supported by a programme of laboratory work.


This unit aims to provide the students a sound understanding of discrete electronics design process and tools both by simulation and practically.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. use an appropriate model of an operational amplifier to analyze the behaviour of a number of circuit configurations, including the inverting and non-inverting amplifier, differential amplifier, instrumentation amplifier, frequency selective circuits, integrator and differentiator
  2. explain the practical limitations of such amplifiers, such as limited gain and bandwidth, input voltage and current offsets and common mode behaviour
  3. describe the operation of half-wave and full wave rectified power supply circuits and carry out simple design calculations
  4. describe and model the use of diodes in instrumentation applications and the detection of amplitude modulated signals
  5. describe methods of achieving A/D and D/A conversion and be able to interpret data sheet specifications of commercially available components
  6. use the NI AWR Design Environment simulation suite to investigate the behaviour of electronic circuits and systems.

Teaching Information

Lectures, laboratory classes, Examples classes.

Assessment Information

Technical note on lab experiement concerning frequency selective operational amplifier circuits, 20% (ILOs 1, 6)

Exam, 2 hours, 80% (ILOs 1 - 5)

Reading and References

Microelectronic Circuits (5th Edition), by A.S. Sedra and K.C. Smith, Oxford University Press, 2004.